Help out at a native plant nursery

April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership

When North Coast Land Conservancy needs native plants for one of our properties, we turn to the nursery at Northwest Oregon Restoration Partnership, a program of Tillamook Estuaries Partnership.  As a member of NORP, we are obliged to help out at the nursery from time to time, planting or potting or doing other tasks. For this stewardship day, NCLC volunteers and staff are headed to the NORP nursery at the south end of Tillamook to help out as needed—most likely, potting bare-root shrubs for their final growing-out period before being used in a habitat restoration project somewhere in the region.

Meet at the nursery in Tillamook at 10 a.m. or outside the NCLC office in Seaside at 8:30 a.m. to carpool or caravan to the site (directions below). Bring work gloves if you have them (we’ll bring extras) and a lunch. There are porta-potties available. Dress for the weather; we’ll likely be working in covered but unheated spaces.

NORP is a partnership among several conservation organizations. It grows native plants that originate in and are genetically appropriate for the climate and conditions on the northern Oregon Coast. NORP allows its plants to grow large, with large rootstocks, which helps them compete successfully in areas where non-native pasture grass or reed canary grass has taken over. The NORP nursery is located at Camp Tillamook, an Oregon Youth Authority facility providing work-study for youths transitioning out of detention. By helping at the nursery, the young men in the program gain important work and social skills.

DIRECTIONS: About 2 miles south of Tillamook, turn east onto Long Prairie Road at the sign to Tillamook Air Museum. In 1 mile turn right onto Blimp Boulevard, then left onto Officers Row. We will meet in the parking area just ahead.